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Sunday, 4 July 2021

New Mediterranean naval base dominates the foreign press

Dominating the conversation on Egypt in the foreign press this morning: Egypt’s brand spanking new naval base, which was inaugurated by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi yesterday, alongside Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed and Libya’s interim president Mohamed Al Menfi. (Reuters | AP | AFP | Xinhua | The National)

The other top story over the weekend: Mohamed Salah likely being left out of Egypt’s national squad for the Tokyo Olympics.

Also making headlines:

  • Politics: Egypt is using humanitarian aid Gaza to curry diplomatic favor abroad, says the Economist.
  • Tourism: Replicas of ancient Egyptian artifacts are being manufactured in a factory in Obour city ahead of an expected pick-up in tourism. (The Guardian)
  • Women rights: Gehad Hamdy, founder of Speak Up, says that, although combating the harassment of women is a daily "ongoing fight," there is a noticeable improvement in how society views the issue. (Global Voices)
  • Regional diplomacy: Economic cooperation is at the center of the growing relationship between Egypt, Iraq and Jordan, which could be a prelude to a wider “New Levant” alliance to aid the reconstruction of Syria and rehabilitation of Lebanon. (Brookings)
  • Illegal immigration: At least 43 migrants including Egyptians drowned and 84 were rescued after a boat sank off the coast of Tunisia as they attempted to cross from Libya to Italy. (Reuters)

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